Inspectors accused by Leonor want a decent funeral for Joana
By Paulo Marcelino
Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, former inspector of the Judicial Police who investigated the death of Joana in 2004, wants the lawyer of Leonor Cipriano, mother of the girl convicted for her murder, along with her brother João, to "do the rest of the path" and that he [Marcos Aragão Correia] gets the revelation of the exact location where the corpse of the child is.
“Everyone would like Joana to have a decent funeral”, said the former inspector to CM.
Cristóvão instigated the idea following the confession of Leonor, disclosed last Friday, in the Court of Faro, by her lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia. According to Leonor, the daughter was buried "up there in the mountains of Figueira", after the deal of her sale failed, by João Cipriano, uncle of the eight years old girl.
“We will not launch a crusade with a shovel in the lands at northern Figueira”, said the former inspector. “However if they suggest a place that was not yet a target of searches, the authorities must act”, he concluded. In that sense, he asks to the lawyer of Leonor to complete the confession, ensuring that “She knows where the body is.”
Aragão Correia answered: “If she knew, she would have said it. João is the one who knows”. And he criticizes the inspectors for not having followed the tracks of the sale of the girl.
Gonçalo Amaral, coordinator of the investigation (now retired from the PJ), says that "the body does not exist" and that João admitted to that in the enquiry.
Pereira Cristóvão and Amaral, among other policemen, are accused by Leonor in a case of torture. Today there is a new session of the trial and, according to what the CM established, the defendants [arguidos] will break the silence.
Source: Correio da Manhã, 22 January 2009 - 00h30